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In August 2016, we announced that Office 365 Groups would get full-powered SharePoint team sites. When you create a group, Office 365 gives the group a shared inbox, calendar, OneNote notebook, place for files, Planner for task management—and now a modern team site with pages, lists, libraries and team news, so the group can collaborate, communicate and coordinate. This is now 100 percent rolled out to all Office 365 First Release customers, as noted by the @SharePoint team.

Starting today, people will be able to create SharePoint team sites connected to Office 365 Groups from the SharePoint home in Office 365—and it’s fast. Admins control how these new capabilities appear for their users. And it is more intuitive to adjust the site as business needs require. Now, no matter where users create an Office 365 group (from Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Yammer and more), they will consistently get a full-powered, modern SharePoint Online team site.

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To work together as a team, people need to be adaptable, connected and mobile. In this modern era, it is essential that productivity tools, like SharePoint Online and Office 365 Groups, adhere to these very characteristics.

Let’s dive in to the details of how we’re connecting new sites with groups and making it lightning fast to get started.

Users quickly create sites connected to Office 365 Groups from the SharePoint home page

When it comes to managing information and building business apps, people turn to SharePoint Online team sites—to create multimedia news articles, manage documents, track data in lists and more. Users can create SharePoint Online team sites connected to Office 365 Groups by clicking the Create site button on the SharePoint home page in Office 365. A two-step creation wizard will fly out from the right. Step one: Enter the title of the team site, select whether the group will be public or private, choose the site classification and then click Next. Step two: Enter the owners and members, click Finish and you’re done. A modern SharePoint Online team site is provisioned and ready for use in seconds.

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The Create site wizard is connected to Office 365 Groups and creates a SharePoint Online team site in seconds.

Admin controls for how team site creation works from SharePoint home

What about managing the Create site functionality? SharePoint Online admins can control the user availability and behavior of the SharePoint home Create site button, and in cooperation, Office 365 global admins can control how site classification appears to highlight usage guidelines to their users.

The updated Site Creation settings can be found in the SharePoint Online admin center—within the settings tab. The new experience will let users create sites that include Office 365 Groups by clicking the Create site button on the SharePoint home page that starts the new Create site wizard. If you already enabled the original Start a Site for your users, we recommend that you review the new settings to ensure you selected options that meet your business needs.

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Admins control how Create site works using the Site Creation settings within their SharePoint Online admin center.

Admins can manage whether Create site appears at all, and when it does, admins can adjust who sees the Create site button and what their provisioning experience should be (classic, modern or custom).

Learn more about how to manage Site Creation in SharePoint Online. Additionally, admins can control additional aspects of Office 365 Groups. Learn more about how to manage Office 365 Groups.

Adjust team sites as needs grow and change

As the entire SharePoint Online team site experience becomes more modern, users can more easily adjust commonly used settings without having to click multiple times into a classic site settings page—but rather accomplish tasks more intuitively within the context of what they are doing.

Editable home page

Create your site to meet your team’s needs. The team site home page is now editable. This means you can go into Edit mode and add, remove and reorder your site’s various web parts. Do you need to see a rollup of certain content on a particular topic? Add the Highlighted Content web part, select the filtering criteria and watch as content adjusts dynamically based on search. Want to add a group forum discussion? Throw the Yammer web part in the mix. There are a lot of web parts already available, and more are coming. Also, as you add and adjust, you can be confident the page and web parts will look great on web and mobile (within the SharePoint mobile apps).

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When in Edit mode, users can use the toolbox to add new web parts to their home page.

Learn more about using web parts on pages.

Modern create panel for new libraries and lists

We’ve modernized the experience for creating new lists and document libraries, to help users add value to their team sites right from the top portion of the team site home page, instead of multiple clicks in. Click + New, choose the new component from the drop-down menu, and out pops the create wizard.

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Click + New > List to bring up the inline creation pane to provide details, and then click Create.

In-place navigation editing

We’ve also brought forward in-line editing of left navigation elements, a nice feature that helps site owners encourage all members to find and make use of the site’s full capabilities.

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Easily add new URL links to the left-hand navigation and adjust where and how the link shows up in the left-hand nav.

Edit site information

As needs change—for instance, a project codename getting a final public name—we’ve built in to the modern team sites experience a new way to edit site properties without leaving the home page. The editing panel is available for connected Office 365 Groups sites—accessible from the top-right gear menu. It allows owners to update the site name, description, privacy level and classification. Changes made here will also be reflected in the group. Note: we will be removing Site Settings from the gear—instead, we’ll show Site Information to make it simple to change the most common information, and from this panel, users will have a link to the full site settings page if they need more advanced configuration.

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Edit site permissions

Beyond site information, site owners may want to further refine the level of access group members have when working in the team site. For this, we’re bringing a site permissions panel for connected Office 365 Groups sites—also accessible from the top-right gear menu. We think owners of public groups will particularly appreciate how easy this makes it to decide whether non-members should have full edit permissions, or whether public access should be limited to read-only viewing.

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Give your classic site a modern home page

It is now possible to create a modern page in a classic team site and declare it as the new, modern home page. You simply go to the Site Pages library within Site contents. Create a new, modern page and add whatever web parts make sense for the front of the team site. Once it looks as you want it to, select the page from within the Site Page library and choose Make homepage from the command bar above. Your classic site just got a modern face lift.

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Select Make homepage to declare a modern page as Home in a classic team site.

We look forward to your feedback

SharePoint Online team sites and Office 365 Groups bring integrated content collaboration to a new level. And there’s more to come, making it easier to create, use and manage content and information throughout the work cycle. We look forward to your feedback every step of the way. Please share your thoughts in the SharePoint space of the Microsoft Technical Community and submit your ideas to the SharePoint UserVoice page—and we always have an eye on tweets to @SharePoint. Let us know.

Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the rollout plan for the new Create site capabilities on SharePoint home in Office 365?

A. This week, we will first update the Start a Site settings in the SharePoint admin center for our First Release customers. The new settings will be renamed Site Creation, and admins can then decide if they want their users to get the new site creation experience. The user capability to create modern sites connected to Office 365 Groups will then be enabled the following week.

Q. What happens if my company already built a custom site collection provisioning solution?

A. If you have built a custom site collection provisioning solution, you will be able to maintain it when you select the Use this form at this URL: checkbox. We are working on updating SharePoint Patterns and Practices (PnP) guidance so you can provision a new, modern team site connected to Office 365 Groups (instead of a classic site)—you will be able to programmatically do one or the other per your requirements.

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40 comments
  1. Will there be any option to create office group for existing team sites and vice versa?

    • This is absolutely critical. Most SharePoint users would have already created a Team Site structure, so linking one to the other is a must.

        • Yes this is work that we are prioritizing and will provide ability to ‘groupify’ existing team sites. We’ll share more as we firm our plans.

          • Thank goodness. This is ABSOLUTELY critical for organizations like my own. Waiting on news!

  2. Great job and great news! I’m looking forward to using this within our organisation when it hits general release. I do however have a couple of questions:

    1) How do we prevent group duplication i.e. someone creating “Contoso Logistics” and another user creating “Logistics Contoso”? I can see it could be a real possibility within our business, especially with several teams working across geographic boundaries. Is there anything in the pipeline for this? A group suggestion step possibly or maybe even some sort of approval workflow?

    2) Is the team site, group and all related data recoverable from deletion? As the user who creates the group would generally be the owner, is there a way to recover a site and data if it is deleted? Or is there a way to prevent group deletion in the first place?

  3. Hello, is this supposed to work now? From the article it seems to me it should, but i only get options in administration, but still old site creation UI.

  4. Do you plan to extend the SharePoint Online Powershell, to be able to list all tenant Site Collections including Groups?
    Currently when using Get-SPOSite sites with template Group#0 are not returned in the results.
    It will be a great thing to list Site Collections, including groups.

    • Yes, PowerShell Get-SPOSite cmdlet will enumerate group site collections as well now.

  5. We don’t get the possibility for “In-place navigation editing” like you have shown above. Sharepoint links us all the time to the old quickstart page!

  6. Is there a reason why content types defined in the content type hub are not being pushed out to site collections created as part of group creation? is this by design?

  7. Can you disable this? Currently the connection of all these features creates clutter for us.

    If you create a Microsoft team you will have conversations in the Team, in the shared inbox and perhaps on the SharePoint teamsite. You have conversations in Skype for Business and perhaps on Yammer.

    Will documents stored in Microsoft teams be visible in the same Team Site’s document library? If not, this would create additional clutter.

    • There’s instructions on how to disable in the article, but the settings do not appear in my admin center yet despite the update appearing in the message center in our admin dashboard.

      • do you mean the site creation under SharePoint admin? I saw this, but what about the scenario when you create a team site from creation of a Microsoft Team?
        (Now, no matter where users create an Office 365 group (from Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Yammer and more), they will consistently get a full-powered, modern SharePoint Online team site.).

        Is the same SharePoint admin option still valid in this case?

  8. So is it possible simply to create a modern team site via Sharepoint Admin Center using the provided site templates? I have tried various ways to create them and they are always using the traditional look.

  9. Can you or someone use this app to create a kind of end user support portal, whereby user login and ask for IT supports to resolve issues. e.g. unable to print, no internet access, I can’t access shared folder….

  10. I still do not see these options on our tenant. We have select users on First release and then the rest on Standard Release. Could that have anything to do with it? Obviously, I am on First Release ;-).

      • I found a way, which was to “Edit Group” when in Outlook web app, and at the bottom of the box is “Delete Group”

  11. This is horrible.

    Firstly, despite the admin setting implying that we will get a choice when creating a new site to create a team site or a classic site, it jumps straight into team site creation which is extremely confusing when we want to make a SharePoint site and end up with a ‘private group’ with most of the functionality missing.

    Secondly, we now cannot create a SharePoint site if there is an existing group in Active Directory with the same name as the URL. We get told we must choose a ‘mail name’ however this ends up being the URL which just looks stupid.

    Thirdly there is no way to change the site name or URL once created. The ‘edit site information’ panel shown above does not appear to exist.

    While I can see the benefits of having a SharePoint site for groups, I just want to make regular SharePoint sites from the SharePoint area of O365 not be forced to use some dumbed down version of SharePoint where everything useful is now hidden and inaccessible and everything looks different to the dozen other sites we have created for other departments.

    I have changed the SharePoint admin settings to create classic sites, but please tell me that this isn’t the future of SharePoint Online and that this is additional functionality of groups and not going to replace the useful SharePoint that we are familiar with?

  12. While I can see the benefits of having a SharePoint site for groups, I just want to make regular SharePoint sites from the SharePoint area of O365 not be forced to use some dumbed down version of SharePoint where everything useful is now hidden and inaccessible and everything looks different to the dozen other sites we have created for other departments.

  13. There is some odd filtering going on here – forgive me while I attempt to work around it.

  14. Ok now I can actually post while being treated like a child by the filters I can post the rest of my comment.

    Despite the admin setting implying that we will get a choice when creating a new site to create a team site or a cla s sic site, it jumps straight into team site creation which is extremely confusing when we want to make a SharePoint site and end up with a ‘private group’ with most of the functionality missing.

    Secondly, we now cannot create a SharePoint site if there is an existing group in Active Directory with the same name as the URL. We get told we must choose a ‘mail name’ however this ends up being the URL which just looks s t u p i d.

    Thirdly there is no way to change the site name or URL once created. The ‘edit site information’ panel shown above does not appear to exist.

  15. The modern sites are much simpler for end users, and should certainly be easier to setup and use in most cases. Would be nice to have some more web parts like document libraries, planner, conversations (team or outlook), be able to customise them a bit more with additional columns and views, and also to have options for page layout other than single column.

    For the cases when you do need more firepower, looks like the modern sites created through Office365 groups have several features turned off. Specifically, no user permissions (ok, so maybe this is controlled by the O365 group), enterprise and standard site features are not turning on after activation, so web parts like Excel, search etc are not available.

    Is this by design or part of the preview process?

    If the first, will it be possible to have an option for full fledged sites?

  16. How do you create a Modern page exactly? The instructions say to go to Site Pages, then to “create a new modern page.” Should there be an option for a “modern page” from the Site Pages? If so, where?

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